Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Lifeguard Supervisor

Sherwood Island State Park

Recruitment #210511-4316VR-001


Are you seeking a seasonal opportunity that allows you to be outdoors and make a difference? 
If so, we encourage you to explore joining our Lifeguard team! 

About Us: 

The State of Connecticut, State Parks and Forests are your go-to outdoor place. Located around the state, our 110 state parks and 32 state forests offer a place for every outdoor enthusiast to refresh and recharge by visiting recreation areas, museums, and nature centers all while enjoying our state's historic,, cultural and natural resources. 

The beautiful, gently sloping, soft sandy beach, picnic areas, train watching, diverse trail systems and salt marsh viewing platforms make the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) parks ideal for families. Try crabbing or fishing. Look for ospreys, cranes, and herons or other waterfowl. CT State Parks provide something for all members of the family. 

DEEP, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, State Parks Division, Lifeguard Program, is looking to hire Lifeguard Supervisors to work at Sherwood Island State Park located in Westport, CT. 

Connecticut's first state park is still one of its finest. Have a leisurely lunch in the shade of the picnic grove, swim in the Long Island Sound, or view marsh life from the observation platform at Sherwood Island. 

Position Highlights: 

The Lifeguard Supervisor position is a seasonal position from Memorial Day (May 28, 2021) through Labor Day (September 6, 2021). During this period, the hours of work are from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., typically five days per week for a total of 40 hours. Weekends and holidays are mandatory. 

This position will work outside at the designated swimming areas at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT. 

The pay rate is $16.00 per hour and will not include any benefits. 

Contact Information: 

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Tyler Cashman at

Any inquiries regarding the status of your application for this position must be made directly to Sarah Battistini at or (860) 418-5958. 

Selection Plan

Candidates must maintain certifications in American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding prior to its expiration.

Candidates must maintain all prerequisite, Red Cross skills, and additional state supplied training (ie. Administering emergency oxygen, safe boating, sexual harassment, and COVID-19 modifications) for the duration of employment. 

Candidates must be 18 years old by opening day or the first day of employment. 

Experience as a lifeguard or experience in a supervisory role over others is required for this position. 

Skill Testing: 

Selected candidates must be able to meet the qualifications below. 

All applicants must successfully complete the following skills before they can take the classroom portion of the certification. Candidates will have two attempts for each skill: 

  • Swim 550 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. This swim is to be completed in 10 minutes or less. 
  • Tread water for 2 minutes, using only legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. The head must remain above the surface of the water. 
  • Complete the 'brick' timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. (The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.) Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. (Candidates should not swim the distance under water.) Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. 
  • Complete the 'underwater swim' event by swimming an accumulation of 15 yards underwater, in a single breath, picking up three dive rings. 
  • Complete a 50 yard swim in 45 seconds or less. Distance to back of surveillance zone at shore. 
  • Complete a 0.25 mile run in 2 minutes or less. Max distance from shack to guarded zone. 
  • Complete a 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less. Distance of shoreline to clear patrons. 
  • Jump off and then climb back into a rescue kayak without flipping the kayak. Kayaks used for in water surveillance zone. 
  • Sprint 50 yards, swim 25 yards and retrieve a floating object back to shore in 2 minutes or less. Immediately perform continuous 2 minutes of effective CPR (if certified) or continuous chest compressions (if not certified). Half the distance between the towers, to someone halfway to the back of the surveillance zone. 
  • Move a 165 pound object/person a distance of 25 yards. Distance from low tide mark to tower, weight of an average adult. 


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor and assisting in the management of lifeguard operations as well as performing a full range of lifeguard services at swimming areas operated by the state agency.


Assists in managing the operation of the guarded designated swim area at the State Park. This includes conducting basic lifeguarding duties, handling the day to day function of a lifeguard squad, coordinating lifeguarding shifts, leading trainings, properly caring for and maintaining equipment, and communicating issues to the Park Management.


  1. Applicants must demonstrate competence in basic life-saving techniques.
  2. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to swim while carrying an adult to safety.


Two (2) years of paid lifeguard experience or previous lifeguard supervisory experience. 


  1. Must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Must have a current certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding with the Waterfront Module. Applicants without the Waterfront Module will still be accepted contingent on passing the pre-requisites for that course.
  3. Experience as a lifeguard or experience in a supervisory role over others is required for this position.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.